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they gotten in the way of her job before? would they get in the way if elected president? abc's jon karl has the doctor's not tonight and more on the controversy. jon? >> reporter: good evening, david. well, here is the doctor's note that michele bachmann has released today. it comes from the in-house doctor here in congress and it gives her a clean bill of health. the letter from the top doctor in congress says bachmann has had extensive evaluations. your migraines occur frequently. when you do have one, you are able to control it well. the issue was first raised monday be the daily caller website, which quoted anonymous sources saying bachmann suffers from incapacitating headaches. today, she was still facing questions. >> we released a statement on the issue. and as commander in chief, i'm going to make sure that we get our fiscal house in order. >> reporter: bachmann acknowledges occasional migraines. her campaign points out her packed schedule hasn't been affected a bit. but today, tim pawlenty, the republican candidate most threatened by bachmann's rise, pounced on the report. >> going
default, two weeks from today. so, abc's jon karl took your messages straight to the lawmakers in the middle of the mess. jon? >> reporter: yes,, diane. we have -- we went and talked to members of congress i i botot chambers, gave their reaction to what we're hearing in terms of the anger coming from the american people. a grup of freshmen house republicans descended on the white house today demanding the president come up with a plan to deal with the debt. >> don't keep shirking your responsibility. >> what is your written plan? >> reporter: but across the country, voters are telling washington they're disgusted with all sides. >> they need to get off the dime. >> we've had enough. >> get it done. >> reporter: we went around capitol hill to put your concerns directly to those in power. starting with democratic senator mark warner of virginia. senator, this is peggy from richmond, virginia. >> if we're really not careful, we're going to end up with a depression that is far worse than the one that our parents and our grandparents lived through. >> reporter: can you say anything
situation. for the latest we begin with jon karl. jon, you broke the story of this framework late last night. this morning we were all told the leaders were going to inform their rank and file members of the details this afternoon, but hour after hour has gone by. the briefings haven't taken place, there's no final deal. >> the reason why it hasn't happened is because they have a few minor issues to be worked out. i'm told they are relatively minor issues. once that happens, the hard work happens, which is they have to convince enough rank and file democrats and republicans to support the bill to get it passed. a rare sunday on capitol hill. senators rushing to work and even rarer these days, the leaders actutually smiling. they finally have come together. congressional leaders and the president on a debt plan. it looks like this. a debt ceiling increase of up to $2.4 trillion. that's enough to last through the presidential election. agreement on up to $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years. a new congressional committee to recommend additional deficit reduction of up to $1.5 trillion.
political correspondent, jon karl, has been on this story every step of the way. and he leads us off, once again, tonight. jon, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, dan. well, the house and the senate have spent the last 24 hours on a series of showboats on bills that don't have a chance of passing. but republican leaders say they're fully engaged with the white house. and have spoken with the president this afternoon to try to find a way to break the impasse. finally, signs of progress. >> i'm confident and optimistic that we're going to get an agreement in the very near future and resolve this crisis. >> despite our differences, we're dealing with reasonable, responsible people, who want this crisis to end as quickly as possible. and i'm confident we will. >> reporter: you wouldn't know it by looking at what congress is actually doing. >> the american people are looking for a real solution. >> reporter: the house spent the day voting down the bill offered by senate democrats, even though the senate hadn't passed it yet. >> there is absolutely no excuse for this reckless, unpat
, jon karl and jake tapper in washington and all three told me they have never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: with just about a week to go, none of the leaders, none of them, not the president, not the speaker of the house, not the democratic leader of the senate, know how this is going to turn out. right now, there are no votes to pass anything. >> so, you are saying that the white house has no idea -- >> >> reporter: how this is going to play out? absolutely not. >> they have a plan? >> reporter: nonon at all. i have never seen a situation like this in 20 years in this town where nobody knows how it's going to end. >> republicans get to have their fight next year, right, in any case. we have fight about taxes in this country during an election year. why make the debt ceiling an issue? why make it about the debt ceiling as opposed to the fact that we're going to elect a president? >> reporter: because it's working for them right now. >> reporter: and diane, the question is, you got to force congress to do this. the republicans want to force congress to, and the pres
to jon carl who first breck this story, the story of a framework last night. jon, dan used the word at the top of the broadcast, the emphasis here is on "fragile." >> that's right. the details are still being worked out. you know how important the details are, and nobody has signed on the dotted line yet. but i am told congressional leaders will brief their membership on the framework of this tentative deal later this morning. >> majority leader. >> late last night, senate majority leader, harry reid called off a vote on the debt ceiling plan, citing progress towards a deal. >> i'm glad to see this move toward cooperation and compromise. i hope it bears fruit. >> reporter: congressional sources tell abc news that two sides have tentatively agreed to a framework that includes a debt ceiling increase of up to $2.4 trillion, enough to last through the presidential election. agreement on more than $1 trillionon ispending cuts in the next ten years and a new special congressional committee to recommend additional deficit reduction of more than a trillion dollars. if congress doesn't act
party republicans who have been blocking action. will it work? abc's jon karl on capitol hill tonight. >> reporter: diane, this is john boehner's biggest test as speaker of the house. he's got to convince those tea party republicans to support his plan to raise the debt ceiling. john boehner is cracking the whip. he convened a meeting of all 240 house republicans today. sources who were there tell abc he had a blunt message for tea partiers. get your ass in line, he said. i can't do this job unless you are behind me. that's what gets you in line? >> we are a team. we are about trying to move the country toward. >> reporter: some of john boehner's tea partiers don't believe the warnings. >> armageddon midnight, august 3 is simply not the case. it's not true. >> reporter: kevin mccarthy urged republicans to unite behind boehner's plan by showing this clip from the movie "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it now and we're going to hurt some people. >> whose car are we going to take? >> reporter: allen west liked what he heard. >> so,
answers from our two guests today. budget director, jack lew and jon kyl. two people around the negotiating table. in the meantime, also the report about wanting to go back to the grabbed bargain. speaker boehner said he wants to do that. the president said he wants to do that. the question is whether they can get elements on boararto pass such a thing. that, also is something that is being required right now by the ratings agency. moodys. standards & poors. said they must have some credible deficit reduction plan, 4 trillion or so over the next 10 years because of the way they are looking at the u.s. dollar and threatening to downgrade u.s. credit worthiness, and add to the catastrophic woes a default can bring. >> if we do not have a plan by this friday we will not meet the august 2nd deadline. all right. cristiane, a lot of tension there in washington. be sure to join christiane where she sits down with office of management and budget, jacob lew and senate minority whip, jon kyl on "this week." >> now, filling in for ron claiborne once again is abc's andrea canning. >> go
the latest for us overnight. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. we are reaching crisis time here on capitol hill. the republicans delayed a vote on their bill in the house because they don't even have enough republican votes to pass their own bill. democrats don't have the votes to pass their bill either. the only thing certain up here right now is that everything is in doubt. >> we appreciate you calling. >> reporter: the calls are pouring in. plenty of outrage but like congress itself, the callers seem hopelessly divided. >> i would really like for him to hold the line against any deal in congress. >> i am calling to ask that you cooperate with the president's efforts. >> reporter: the whole place seems to have broken down. republicans can't even convince some of their own members to vote for the republican plan. in a closed door meeting republican leader eric cantor told fellow conservatives to "stop whining and support the bill." acknowledging "the debt limit vote sucks." across the country, that's the view of washington itself. >> no one is certainly listening to the pe
? >> jon, they had been hoping on capitol hill to come up with some sort of deal before the markets opened today. the only thing that everyone seems to be accepting that any deal won't include any new tax increase. >> that's the big deal. you have harry reid coming up with a plan for democrats. that he says includes $2.7 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years and gives the president the debt ceiling increase that takes him all of the way to 2013. republicans are already saying that those -- his plan includes gimmicks and phantom cuts. so the republicans are coming up with their plan, which would include about $1 trillion in cuts now. it would require the president to come back to congress next year to ask for another debt ceiling increase. >> that's the huge sticking point for the white house. the president has made it clear time and time again that he won't sign a short-term increase. he squashed it at the meeting last night. >> republicans leaders have said that as well. they didn't want any short-term solution to this problem. they changed their tune on this. white house said
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